Flexible work and COVID-19

The Queensland Government is committed to the health and safety of its employees, and the delivery of essential public services, in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Our flexible work framework allows us to respond to the Australian Government’s direction around social distancing and minimising exposure to COVID-19, while providing essential public services to Queensland communities.

Flexible work options

We encourage employees to work with managers to find flexible work options to keep employees safe, slow the spread of the virus and maintain business continuity. Options could include:

To minimise risks to employee health and wellbeing these flexible work options should meet the needs of individuals/team and ensure service delivery requirements are met.

Special leave directive

The Queensland Government’s joint Ministerial and Commission Chief Executive Employment Arrangements in the Event of a Health Pandemic (Directive 01/20) applies to all Queensland public service employees. It provides a range of special leave and employment arrangements in the event of a health pandemic and covers flexible work arrangements and early access to long service leave.

Learn more about the directive.

Flexible work resources for employees

Talk as a team about the flexibility you may need now and in the coming months:

  • agree the business outcomes and priorities you need to maintain and consider the type of flexibility most relevant in that context
  • design your coverage plan for your team’s service delivery
  • agree how you will stay socially connected and communicate important work (within and across teams)
  • work as a team with your manager to own and maintain outcomes
  • have a plan to check in on mental health – keep socially connected, while social distancing.

For some, this will be a new experience, and for others, it will be a continuation or increase in flexible work arrangements already in place.

Use these resources to help you prepare and have the conversation as a team.

Employees

Managers

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